Federal workers protest shutdown in downtown Memphis

Federal workers protest shutdown in Memphis

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A group of federal workers and supporters rallied in downtown Memphis Friday amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

The group met at Civic Center Plaza with signs that read “working w/out pay” and “LIVING WAGE NOW!” They chanted “Hey hey ho ho the shutdown has got to go" and “We want a paycheck.”

Federal workers are rallying in downtown Memphis as the longest government shutdown in U.S. history continues.

Posted by WMC Action News 5 on Friday, January 25, 2019

About two dozen people participated in the protest, some who identified themselves as IRS employees. About 1,000 local furloughed IRS workers were ordered back to work without pay for the start of tax season Jan. 28. Some members of the group Friday chanted “No paycheck, no refund.”

About an hour later, President Trump announced a temporary deal to end the shutdown.

The government shutdown is in its 35th day and federal workers have now missed two paychecks.

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